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Art and Design Fine Art at The Norton Knatchbull School

Course description

Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free of external constraints.

Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology.

Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.

Course content


The course comprises of two components:

Component 1 will run from the start of the course until the end of January 2019 where students will engage in a number of practical workshops, including working alongside professional artists, to raise the standard of their skills and find their artistic strengths. Component 2 is externally set by Edexcel.

Component 1 allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. It incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.

o Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

o The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum of 1,000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Art & Design or BTEC Art course Distinction Award.


Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies during lesson and homework studies, and a 15-hour period of sustained focus under controlled conditions.

Future opportunities

Animation, Architecture, Art History, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Textile Design, Product Design, Visual Communication, Stage Set and Costume Design plus many more.

Further information

A Level (a two year course, leading to assessment in summer 2020)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September